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Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar (2011)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  6 November 2011 (USA)
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Susan Boyle, an inspiration.
21 April 2012 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Who watches TV and can ever forget that magical moment when Susan Boyle began singing on the British talent show? As she walked on stage, rather frumpy, unattractive, and middle-aged, you could see the giggles and side remarks the judges were making. Then she began to sing. Wonderfully. Beautifully. Flawlessly.

As we go through life what we tend to remember most are the surprises, the things that become the spice of our lives. Susan Boyle is one of those spices. This short documentary film examines Susan the person and how her life has changed by becoming a famous singer, something she wanted all her life but had no real idea it would ever come.

We see that Susan was no flash in the pan, not a 'closet singer' who no one knew about. For years she had been singing wonderfully and all her friends and community knew it. But we also see that Susan fears the day it all goes away, and still lives a frugal lifestyle, in the house she grew up in, and shopping for sales. It is as if she doesn't want to tap into any of the wealth she has earned.

A very revealing clip is when she is meeting with Simon Cowell to discuss an upcoming CD release, and the songs on it. Cowell is of course very experienced in music production and makes a comment to Susan, "You're the boss here, I work for you." Susan quickly replied, "No, I work for you." Not only did she not grasp the concept, it is as if she could not bear the burden of thinking herself as 'the boss' in an industry she had admired from afar for so long.

The film poses the question, is Susan Boyle lonely in spite of her fame. Early it seems that she is, but near the end we see an 'event' held in New York, where her fans from all over the USA gather to meet her. They give her hugs, they tell her their stories and how she inspired them. With that kind of world-wide friendship how can Susan be lonely? And she realizes it.

Good film.

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